Alexander H, Bugge C, Hagen S & Russell EM (2000) Incidence, hospital admission rate, and health outcomes following stroke in Ayrshire and Arran. Health Bulletin, 58 (5), pp. 408-413. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-0038480783&md5=2567ba87299b6e4a0e2bfaa908935a34
OBJECTIVE: To describe the incidence, hospital admission rate and health outcomes following stroke in Ayrshire and Arran.
DESIGN: Community based study with prospective identification of stroke patients from a random sample of general practices stratified by geographical area and practice size.
SETTING: Ayrshire and Arran Health Board area, West of Scotland.
SUBJECTS: All stroke patients from the 24 general practices in the sample.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Barthel Index, Canadian Neurological Scale, Mini-mental State Examination, SF-36.
RESULTS: The incidence of stroke was 2.33 per 1000 for both first and recurrent events and 78% of people were admitted to hospital following their stroke. Those admitted to hospital had significantly poorer outcomes in the early post-stroke period (first six months).
CONCLUSION: Our study provides recent figures for the incidence and hospital admission rates following stroke. We speculate that our rates may be typical for the NHS in Scotland at present.
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